Saturday, December 7, 2013

Mosaic Reviews - HelloFresh

So who wouldn't jump at the chance to try a delivery service that not only sends you fresh food but everything you need - including recipes - to make three meals?

In exchange for my review I was sent a 'Classic Box' of three meals via the weekly home delivery offered by HelloFresh. The cost of three meals is $69. per weekly shipment (The Veggie box is a bit cheaper). The service is not available in all areas so be sure to check before signing up. You have the choice between the 'Classic Box' and the 'Veggie Box' for two persons or four persons. Once you sign up then you view the menu for the coming week and make your selections of three meals from the five choices. Please be aware that HelloFresh cannot guarantee allergy free or cross contamination free products. I understand this can be a downside. We have no food allergies - or none that I was aware of until now (more on that later) - so it wasn't limiting our options as far as menu choices.

If you don't like the choices or are going out of town then you can pause your deliveries. The website is VERY easy to use and navigate. If you decide the service is not for you cancellation is also quick and easy via email. Do be aware of time deadlines for choosing or pausing your meals if you decide to continue with a subscription.

I was hugely impressed with the packaging of my box. There was no way anything in this box was going to get warm - it was surrounded by icepacks and very nicely insulated. Deliveries are via Fedex and this came on a Wednesday. 

I decided to make the Chicken Polpetti first and pulled out all the ingredients. 

I then followed the clear and step by step instructions on the great recipe cards. 

We had never tried ground chicken before so I was a bit worried about getting it done well enough - and I'm not a very good meatball maker - LOL.

The results were extremely yummy and there was plenty for Hubby and I for dinner and lunch the next day. This recipe was a keeper for sure.

Next I made the Shrimp and Chorizo Stew with Kale. Shrimp is a particular favorite of mine and I love stews especially with a bit of cold weather headed our way. 

The dish turned out well except that I discovered that I am allergic to Kale. No worries - DH just took it to work for lunch and enjoyed it.

Finally was the Spicy Thai Beef which I thought DH would enjoy. I'm do not like coconut so I made this for him to take to work for lunch.

This was not a particular hit but two out of three is what I consider a success. 

I confess that I do not like cooking with a lot of prep work involved. Both my husband and I like our dinner to be easy prep. But we really enjoyed cooking these dishes together (and eating them). I think this would be a great gift to send to friends and family that like to try new dishes or have just had an addition to their family or an illness.

HelloFresh has been a great company to work with! Please check them out:

Website - HelloFresh

To see what the team had to say about this product - and there are a lot of good recipes described with  100 reviewers with different weeks involved - click here.

I'm sad to say this is my last review for the Mosaic Review Team. I really enjoyed my time with them and this was a great way to end.

Mosaic Reviews - A Tale of Two Kingdoms - God's Unfolding Story of Salvation

I was pleased to receive A Tale of Two Kingdoms and God's Unfolding Story of Salvation by Heather A. Kendall to review as part of the Mosaic Review Team.

Both books are part of a Bible study written by Heather Kendall who wanted a Bible study that helped Christians see the big picture of the Bible and God's plan of Redemptive Salvation. It's very easy to get bogged down in topical Bible studies and miss the entire tapestry of Salvation God has woven for us.

A Tale of Two Kingdoms can be used as a stand alone but I got the most out of using with God's Unfolding Story of Salvation. I like to read the Scripture, the main book and then go back and use the study questions to help me delve deeper.

Even though it can be confusing to match the study guide with the main book, I did find it easier as I went along. I'm not nearly done with either book as I really like to stretch out my Bible study and the Bible is a large book with a full and rich story. I've done other Bible studies in the past - Beth Moore studies and the United Methodist Churches Disciple series and I believe this one is just as enriching and deep as any other I've used.

Our story starts - of course - at the beginning with Genesis - God as a Creator, His plan for Creation, and the Fall. We then start to see how God foreshadow's the coming of the Savior through Abraham and his sons.

One of my favorite people in the Bible is Melchizedek. I learned that he was the king of Salem. I had learned before that he was the Priest of God to whom Abraham tithed. I did not know before this study that Melchizedek means 'king of righteousness' and Salem means 'peace'. I did not know that Salem is the oldest recorded name for the city of Jerusalem. I love learning more about the Bible - it is a book that you get something new from every time you study it.

We then study how Israel was established as a nation, about David, the two kingdoms of Israel, the fall of Judah, the captivity and the years of silence before Jesus birth. The second part of the book covers the ministry of Jesus and beyond to Revelation.

This set is perfect for any group that would like to get the big picture of God's redemption of Creation or an individual wanting a deeper understanding of God. It was written for teens but I would believe it would be more well suited for young adults and beyond. It is a meaty study. I plan on finishing this set as my main Bible study.

A Tale of Two Kingdoms can be purchased from Amazon or the author's website. Amazon has the Kindle edition for $9.99 or the paperback for $18.86 plus shipping and handling.  From the author's website it is $23.00 with free shipping and handling in paperback.

God's Unfolding Story of Salvation is only available in paperback from Amazon for $20.70 plus shipping and handling and for $22 from the author's website with free shipping and handling.

To find out what others on the team had to say about this Bible study, click here.